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Unlocking the Mystery of Memories

January 29, 2014 | Hunter College

Scientists have long tried to understand how the brain makes memories, but were, until now, frustrated by their inability to look at the workings of individual neurons. Dr. Hyungsik Lim, an assistant professor of physics at Hunter College, contributed to a recent study, published in Science, in which scientists observed fluorescently tagged messenger RNA (mRNA) […]

CCNY Named To Princeton Review’s 2014 List Of ‘Best Value Colleges’

January 28, 2014 | City College

The City College of New York is one of the nation’s “Best Value” colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles CCNY in its book, “The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition” (Random House/Princeton Review), and on its website at

Sophie Davis PA Graduation Thursday, January 30

January 28, 2014 | City College

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education’s 40th commencement ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program at Harlem Hospital Center will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, January 30, in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, on The City College of New York campus. The Class of 2014 has 28 students.

Are You Part Neanderthal? Genographic Project Uses 200 College Students’ Cheek Swabs To Trace Ancestry Back 200,000 Years

January 26, 2014 | Uncategorized

About 200 college students at the American Museum of Natural History opened their mouths Monday night and swabbed their cheeks for DNA analysis to trace their ancestry back a staggering 200 thousand years. In the process, they’ll even find out what percent Neanderthal they are. The students, who participated in The New York City Student Ancestry Project, with the City College of New York, may be lucky (or unlucky) enough to find out which thousands of people they can genetically consider their relatives.

Primates: Now with Only Half the Calories! A New Study by Associate Professor Herman Pontzer

January 21, 2014 | Hunter College

A new study by Dr. Herman Pontzer, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College, shows that humans and other primates burn 50% fewer calories each day than other mammals of similar size. The study, “Primate Energetics and Life History,” which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that this […]

Baruch Associate Professor David Gruber Uncovers Secrets of Biofluorescent Sealife

January 17, 2014 | Baruch College

National Science Foundation Publishes Professor’s Research The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence: A Phylogenetically Widespread and Phenotypically Variable Phenomenon NEW YORK, NY-January 17, 2014 – A series of expeditions to the Bahamas and the Solomon Islands has led David Gruber, Associate Professor of Biology at Baruch College to discover bioflourescence in fish and

History Professor Studies Ancient Graffiti in Israel

January 16, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– For Karen B. Stern, making her way through the ancient tunnels and caves of ancient mortuary complexes in Israel is all in an ordinary day’s research. Her goal is to find and study carvings—pictures and texts—inscribed at the burial sites, carvings that the history professor calls graffiti, because unlike epitaphs, the inscriptions were made after the tombs […]

CCNY Team Models Sudden Thickening of Complex Fluids

January 16, 2014 | City College

A new model by a team of researchers with The City College of New York’s Benjamin Levich Institute may shed new understanding on the phenomenon known as discontinuous shear thickening (DST), in which the resistance to stirring takes a sudden jump. Easily observed in a ‘kitchen experiment’ by mixing together equal amounts of cornstarch and water, DST occurs because concentrated suspensions of hard particles in a liquid respond differently than normal fluids to shear forces.

Professor Michio Kaku Probes the Mind in Latest Book

January 16, 2014 | City College

Its publication date is more than a month away, but Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Physics at The City College of New York, is already receiving rave reviews for his latest book, “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.” The 400-page book, which probes the human brain and its immense potential, will be released by Doubleday February 25.

In Memoriam: Dr. Marie T. Filbin

January 15, 2014 | Hunter College

With great sadness, we write of the passing of Dr. Marie T. Filbin, Distinguished Professor of Biology and internationally renowned Hunter neuroscientist. Dr. Filbin passed away in Ireland where she was born, surrounded by family and friends, after a long illness. Dr. Filbin’s groundbreaking work describes the chemical environment of an injured nervous system and […]

2 CCNY Biomedical Engineers Receive Entrepreneurial Training

January 10, 2014 | City College

Two standouts in The City College Grove School of Engineering’s biomedical engineering department have been accepted into the Bio & Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab NYC (ELabNYC), a competitive six-month training and mentoring program run by the New York City Economic Development Corp. Zeynep Dereli-Korkut, a postdoctoral researcher, and Tanjin Panna, a graduating senior, are among 21 participants in the current ELabNYC cohort.

LaGuardia Community College Professor Receives $30,000 Grant to Develop a Program that will Motivate Women to Enter STEM Majors

January 10, 2014 | LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY—January 10, 2014—Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan, an assistant professor of biology at LaGuardia Community, was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Elsevier Foundation to develop The City University of New York’s first-of-its kind program designed to encourage women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM.  At a time […]

A LaGuardia Community College Student Receives Recognition for Her Outstanding Presentation at the National Biomedical Research Conference

January 8, 2014 | LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY—January 7, 2014—Sherise Martin, a biology major at LaGuardia Community College who has been conducting research on turmeric’s effect on neuroinflammation, won best poster presentation for her important work at the largest professional biomedical research conference of its kind in the nation. Sherise took the top prize in the neuroscience category at […]

Flipping pancakes with mathematics

January 7, 2014 | Uncategorized

Tomorrow marks the 80th birthday of Jacob E Goodman, a mathematician at the City College of New York. If Professor Goodman’s name does not ring any bells, then maybe you know him better by his pseudonym, Harry Dweighter. No? Confused? Wondering why a mathematician needs to disguise his identity? Allow me to explain.

Humans hunt like SHARKS: Hunter-gatherers forage for food in a mathematical pattern used by other predators

January 7, 2014 | Uncategorized

Hunter-gatherers search for food in the same way as animals including sharks and honeybees, according to anthropologists.

Debra Auguste Chosen for Presidential Early Career Award

January 7, 2014 | City College

Dr. Debra Auguste, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, was one of 102 researchers chosen as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

CCNY Black Engineers Chapter, Members Earn Accolades

January 6, 2014 | City College

The City College of New York’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) celebrated its 30th anniversary on a high note; it was named best chapter at the NSBE Region 1 conference, held November 23 in Hauppauge, N.Y. The recognition follows taking second place for retention programs at the NSBE national convention, held last March in Indianapolis.

CCNY Hosts International Cryptography Conference, January 13 – 15

January 6, 2014 | City College

More than 350 experts from academia and private industry from nine countries will participate in the third Real World Cryptography Workshop, January 13 – 15 at The City College of New York. The event, to take place in The Great Hall of Shepard Hall, is hosted by CCNY’s Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software (CAISS) and the Grove School of Engineering.

Baruch College Hosts “Truth Be Told:” A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration of Finding Facts Moderated by Geneva Overholser

December 30, 2013 | Baruch College

 NEW YORK, NY – December 30, 2013 – In a media landscape full of false equivalency, have we lost sight of the existence and value of facts? How are facts identified and tested in medicine, business, law and journalism and what can we all learn about information quality? The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences […]

CCNY Inducts 51 Into Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society

December 23, 2013 | City College

Cheyidatou Traore spoke three languages but little English when she arrived in the United States from her native Togo five years ago. On December 3, the Bronx resident was one of 51 inductees to The City College of New York chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE), a national honor society for students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria.